As a teacher, I really appreciate the work that my kids' teachers do. I've been on a few elementary field trips, and OMG, I was not meant to work in grades K-5! If you're not familiar with the behind the scenes of teaching, most teachers don't receive a lot of financial help with the materials they use in their classrooms, and I think elementary teachers especially spend a lot of their own money trying to create a fun learning environment for their students. There is a special place in heaven for these teachers, so every year at Meet the Teacher Night, we take a small gift for the kids' new teachers. Also, I have working mom guilt, so I like to give the teachers a little something to say, "Thanks for taking care of my kid- call me if you need me, but you probably won't see me much this year! K bye!" Here are some ideas we've used in the past or plan to use in the future:
1) Flair pens
This year, we're gifting our teachers with some Flair pens and a small Target gift card. Teachers (both men and women) are addicted to Flair pens, and you know that a Target card will always put a smile on the recipient's face! I got this idea a few years back from THIS post.
2) Hand soap/sanitizer
I made these for the kids' teachers a few years ago. You can make a tag similar to THIS one, and attach it to a bottle of sanitizer (it's always needed) or to a yummy smelling hand soap from Bath & Body Works. I like that the tag includes your personal information and lets the teacher know that he/she can count on you for volunteer work. Check out THIS post for a cute idea for a smaller pocket sanitizer.
3) Mini wreath
Do you already know your child's teacher well? If you know her favorite colors, college sports team, etc., then a fun mini ribbon wreath is easy to make, and it's something she can keep on her wall or door year-round. I made the one in the picture for our neighbor last year, and then I made a blue and orange one for Ari's preschool teacher since she loves the Florida Gators. You can check out a tutorial HERE.
4) Stationery/note pad
I love note pads, list pads, sticky notes, and stationery! Picking up a simple set or a pad with her initials on it is sure to be appreciated. THIS post made cute tags about having a bright year, but you could certainly just give the paper as is with a cute ribbon and note.
So this picture is actually for Christmas time from THIS post, but I think next year, I'll make or buy some mini Nothing Bundt Cakes to give to the teachers and make a tag that says, "Wishing you nothing bundt a great school year!" If you don't have a Nothing Bundt Cake store by you, I highly recommend THIS recipe.
In case you missed any of this week's posts:
Life With the Lees: A Summer's Week Recap
Tuesday Training: Week 33
Show & Tell Tuesday: Guilty Pleasures
Ladies Who Link: Back to School
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